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School Direct Training Programme (Secondary), PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you want a combination of school based training and university-based courses, our comprehensive route into teaching will be for you
  • Job prospects are excellent with 9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers gaining employment within six months of completing training
  • All School Direct programmes will lead to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).



Secondary school teachers don't just educate, they shape their futures of young adults.

The quality of teacher training in Secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. "The strong pastoral role demonstrated by subject leaders and the accessibility and responsiveness to the needs of trainees. This results in confident NQTs who are well prepared to teach" the report found.

Our School Direct programme is a combination of school based training and university-based courses. This fully comprehensive route into teaching involves schools working in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution, like ours, to devise a training programme. 

School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as ours, to devise a training programme. We have a successful track-record of working with schools to offer School Direct training routes to Qualified Teacher Status. Collectively we are committed to the development of outstanding teachers who have a transformative impact on learners' lives.

There are excellent employment opportunities with 9 out of 10 of our newly qualified teachers gaining employment within six months of completion.

During your training, you will develop the professional values and practice required to meet the broad demands of teaching. We help you build your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of working with secondary school students. You will also develop a vital understanding of the National Curriculum and the learning needs of young adults.

Programme Options

School Direct offers two types of training places; the School Direct programme and the School Salaried Direct programme.

School Direct programme

Places on our School Direct programme are open to all graduates and support the following subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, music, physical education and French. As tuition fees are paid by the trainee, Home and EU students may be eligible for a loan available through Student Finance England. In addition, a bursary may be available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). For more details on funding visit the Department for Education website.

School Direct Salaried programme

Our School Direct Training (Salaried) programme is open to graduates with three or more years' career experience (not necessarily in education). Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This programme replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).

Our Partners

We are currently working in partnership with the following schools for secondary School Direct training places.

All School Direct places will lead to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.

How to apply

Candidates apply directly to our partnership schools via UCAS Teacher Training for both programmes. For more details visit the Department for Education website. Although applications should be made via UCAS Teacher Training to a specific school, all successful candidates will be registered as students of the university.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition candidates must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Provide recent evidence of working with/observing children in a school classroom
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening
  • Those who apply for the School Direct Salaried Programme must be able to provide evidence of three or more years' career experience (this does not have to be in an educational setting).

Extra information


Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also academic assignments for the PGCE.

Professional recognition

The programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status.


Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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